Your visit 2013

400-year anniversary of the Canal Ring

Celebrate with us!

Celebrate with us The year 2013 will be a very special year for Amsterdam. In addition to marking the 400-year anniversary of the Canal Ring, Amsterdam will also be celebrating the re-opening of the fully renovated Rijksmuseum; the 125th anniversary of the Concertgebouw (concert hall) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the 225th anniversary of Felix Meritis; and the 175th anniversary of Artis Royal Zoo. We congratulate our institute colleagues, the people of Amsterdam and the visitors to our beautiful city.

Canal District is World Heritage
The canal ring area of Amsterdam is renowned in the world for its mesmerizing beauty. Stately houses with their delightful gardens straddle the canals. This unique urban expansion om Amsterdam dates from the seventeenth century. The spacious canalside houses were inhabited by mechants, mayors and bankers. People have lived and workes amlong the Amsterdam canals ver since. In 2013, the canal ring area will be celebrating its 400th annivernsary. Furthermore, the ring of canals was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Amsterdam Heritage Museums
A number of canal houses are open to the general public. Here, visitors, can find out more about the lives of the residents of these majestic canalside mansions. In Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Bijbels Museum, Museum Willet Holthuysen and Geelvinck-Hinlopen Museum, visitors are invited to take a look behind the scenes of four distinctly different canal houses, each with its own, unique history: from the seventeenth century to the present day. What goes behind close doors? Find out more about the residents and visit the prestigious rooms, private retreats, studies and drawing rooms and see what it was like lot live along the canal.

Amsterdam Heritage
The Amsterdam Heritage Museums together with the City Archive, World Heritage Office Amsterdam, Monuments & Archaeology Office Amsterdam, Rembrandt House, Old Church, Museum Van Loon, Grachtenhuis and Museum Geelvinck form the Amsterdam Heritage. Under this flag title they work together for promotional and marketing purposes.